CURWENSVILLE — Many college basketball teams would be hard-pressed to match the frantic, frenzied pace exhibited by the Curwensville and Harmony schoolboy cagers in a wild Moshannon Valley League game that the Golden Tide won 90-74 in Patton Hall Thursday night.
Career scoring performances by seniors Josh Terry and Devan Barrett and a workmanlike double-double by junior Christian Bakaysa carried the Golden Tide to their fifth victory in nine games and a 4-0 record the first time through their MVL schedule.
Terry did most of his damage right at the rim on fast breaks, drives along the baseline or down the lane and putbacks, scorching the nets for 37 points, including 12 in a row during the first three minutes of the third quarter when Curwensville took command after leading only 40-36 at the end of an exciting first half.
“Josh played an excellent game,” Golden Tide coach Matt Wassil said. “His stat lines always speak for themselves, so it’s easy to see his contribution, but I thought a lot of other guys kind of created some opportunities for him. They don’t get the credit for some of the things they do out there because Josh is such a good player. Our team defense got him some of those layups.”
Barrett dialed long distance for the bulk of his 23 points, nestling five jumpers into the net from three-point range.
“Devan’s one of those kids that has put in a lot of time, and he’s gotten better every year we’ve had him,” Wassil said. “I’ve just been in his ear the last few days. I keep telling him, ‘Don’t turn down open jump shots.’
“He’s too good of a shooter, but I think sometimes he worries too much about missing, and I don’t want him to. I know he can shoot the ball. Tonight, he made a bunch of shots, and that was nice to see.”
Bakaysa continued his steady play in the paint with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
“Christian probably would tell you he didn’t think he played two well, because he was pretty frustrated with his first-half performance,” Wassil said. “But we keep telling these guys, ‘Listen, it’s not going to be a perfect game all the time, and when you’re not on your game, your teammates are going to pick you up until you can get back in rhythm.’ And I think they’re starting to buy into it. It’s a process, but we’re getting there.”
There weren’t many possessions that the fans didn’t see the Golden Tide and Owls racing up court in high gear and quickly getting off shots as they combined for an unbelievable 141 attempts.
Unofficially, the Golden Tide launched 90, with 27 offensive boards helping hike that incredible total.
“That’s probably a record for any team I’ve ever coached,” Wassil said. “It doesn’t shock me, because it was fast-paced, up-and-down.”
From the opening tip.
Terry’s old-fashioned three-pointer with four seconds left broke the fourth tie of the first quarter and gave the Golden Tide their third lead by three points at 22-19.
Barrett, who drilled his first pair of treys, and Terry had eight and seven points, respectively, for the Golden Tide, while Dylan Kurtz and Mike Koblosky mirrored those numbers for the Owls, who owned a 16-12 lead before being outscored 10-3 in the last 2:12.
Pairs of baskets by Bakaysa and Barrett, one a three-pointer, extended the margin to 31-24 before the Owls reeled off eight consecutive points, four by Kurtz, to go in front for the last time midway through the second period.
Curwensville closed out the half on a 10-4 run and carried the momentum through the decisive third quarter, exploding for a whopping 32 points to open a 72-48 cushion.
In addition to Terry’s six-field goal outburst early, the Golden Tide went on a 15-0 run, triggered by Barrett’s two jumpers and a dish to Dakota Bloom and capped by Terry’s driving layup and a peep off an Avery Francisco feed, that made it 67-44.
The hosts were up 72-48 going to the fourth quarter and opened their biggest lead at 79-52 with 5:37 remaining.
The Owls didn’t quit, though, and outscored the Golden Tide 26-18 in the period with Koblosky battling inside for 10 points and Daniel Rorabaugh adding eight.
“They played hard,” Wassil said. “They really pushed us the whole game. I even said to their coach at the end that we had to keep our guys in because there were some momentum swings there when we tried to go to our bench, and I didn’t want it to get to a point where it was so close that we would play with some nerves.
“We’re not at the point where we can just pack it in after so long. We need to make sure we secure wins.”
Harmony (4-5, 1-2 MVL) was led by Koblosky with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Rorabaugh finished with 16 points, Kurtz with 14 and Jayden Westover with 13.
The Owls actually shot better than 50 percent with 28 field goals, but they were guilty of 30 turnovers.
“I think that was the difference, because they were shooting the ball really well,” Wassil said. “They were making shots inside and outside, but like it’s happened to us at times, turnovers can limit your possessions.
“We had more possessions because of less turnovers. And that’s the thing. We’ve been working on making better decisions on the break. We have an athletic group of kids that can run the floor. So, if we don’t turn the ball over in an up-and-down game, we can score.”
The Golden Tide proved that with the highest total since the 2005-06 team defeated Abraxas 90-63.
They’ll try to make it three wins in four nights when they host Brockway Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the makeup of last week’s Allegheny Mountain League South Division postponement.
In the prelim, Jeremy Irwin poured in 22 points as the Curwensville jayvees rolled to a 58-25 victory.
Moshannon Valley League Standings —– Curwensville 4-0, West Branch 3-1, Harmony 1-2, Glendale 1-3, Moshannon Valley 0-3.
HARMONY — 74
Mike Koblosky 9 5-14 22, Dylan Kurtz 5 2-6 14, Jayden Westover 6 1-2 13, Daniel Rorabaugh 6 4-4 16, Adam Dubyak 2 1-3 5, Adam McGarvey 0 0-0 0, Ronnie Polisky 0 0-0 0, Connor Blake 1 0-0 2, David Rorabaugh 0 0-0 0, Cody Rowles 0 -0 0 0, Isaac Rainey 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 28 13-29 74.
CURWENSVILLE — 90
Devan Barrett 9 0-3 23, Josh Terry 16 5-7 37, Avery Francisco 2 0-1 4, Christian Bakaysa 7 2-6 16, Noah VonGunden 1 2-2 4, Nick Stewart 2 0-0 4, Dakota Bloom 1 0-0 2, Jeremy Irwin 0 0-0 0, Nate McKenrick 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 38 9-19 90.
Three-Point Field Goals — Harmony 5 (Koblosky 1, Kurtz 2, Dubyak 2); Curwensville 5 (Barrett 5).
Score by Quarters
Harmony 19 17 12 26 – 74
Curwensville 22 18 32 18 – 90
Golden Tide Scoreboard:
|12/08||@ Clearfield||52 – 54||0 – 1|
|12/11||WEST BRANCH||57 – 54 ot||1 – 1|
|12/15||@ Mo Valley||61 – 49||2 – 1|
|12/20||GLENDALE||82 – 47||3 – 1|
|12/28||@ Freeport Tourney|
|12/28||vs. Freeport||54 – 85||3 – 2|
|12/29||vs. Mercyhurst Prep||32 – 46||3 – 3|
|01/03||@ Ridgway||32 – 52||3 – 4|
|01/05||BROCKWAY||ppd.||3 – 4|
|01/09||DUBOIS CENTRAL CATH||58 – 49||4 – 4|
|01/11||HARMONY||90 – 74||5 – 4|
|01/16||@ Elk County Catholic|
|02/06||@ DuBois Central Catholic|
|02/07||@ West Branch|